The Aji Pineapple is a rare variety from Peru. It is an amazing producer and easy to grow. The plant grows to about a metre in a pot and will need a few plant stakes, because it is big and bushy. They are often confused with Aji Limon but they have more ridges along the sides that distinguish them apart.
The pods are about 6 cm long and 2 cm wide and start off light green and end up yellow.
Flavour: Crunchy and sweet, tasting like pineapple. Great for making a medium sauce or salsa.
Heat level: Mild, about 3-4/15
5 seeds per packet
Spring is the best time to plant your seeds.
Different germination methods: you can use pots or multi-cell seed trays. Seeds may germinate faster if you plant 3-4 together. Make 3-4 holes in the soil and put one seed in each hole.
It is important to keep the seed medium moist during the germination. A small mister (such as a spray bottle) is better to use rather than pouring water over them. Germination time can be between 3 to 5 weeks.
Transplant: When the seedlings have two sets of leaves you can transplant them into larger pots or into the ground. You can let them grow bigger if you like without any problems. If you have 3-4 seedlings in one pot, separate gently. Keep them in shade for some days after the transplant.
Don’t use fertilizer before you have transplanted your seedlings as it may burn them. Chillies need fertilizer about once a month (in pots once a fortnight). We use Rooster Booster, a slow releasing fertilizer or Seasol, but you can use a fertilizer labelled for fruits and vegetables. Too much fertilizer can burn plant roots.
Watering: Take care that your chillies do not dry out; give them a bit of water every day if the weather is particularly hot.